Albert Distelbrink | Kora Dioulo

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Kora Dioulo

by Albert Distelbrink

Crystal clear solo recordings of the 21 stringed African harp. Not only the traditional based unique rhythms and melodies, but also the beautiful glossy design of this 3 sleeve Digipack, makes this album a pleasure and treasure for the ears and the eyes.
Genre: World: African- West
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The album "Kora Dioulo" contains 11 solo pieces played by Albert Distelbrink on the kora, one of the most beautiful music instruments of Africa. The title of the album refers to the sounding group of strings above the bridge of the kora, called "Kora Dioulo" in the Mandinka-language of West-Africa. These strings can be seen in a stunning picture at the front of the album. Without a doubt the kora is beautiful to look at, but when it is played in the hands of a gifted player it reveals its real beauty. The kora on this album comes alive in such an intriguing way that it will appeal to all kinds of people.

Albert Distelbrink started playing the kora more than 20 years ago. As a young boy he was already playing with elastic bands, which he tuned in between the legs of a chair. Knowing this it is no surprise that he ended up with the kora. He studied kora music with kora players from Guinee, Gambia, Senegal and Mali along with a lot of self-study. Over the years he absorbed lots of kora music and other African music with great enthusiasm, which functions as a source from where this album is created. The numbers on "Kora Dioulo" are a reflection of those experiences, hence the subtitle of the album, "Reflections on West African Kora Music".

Albert chose 11 traditional West African pieces. In each one of them he puts a personal flavor by adding unique rhythms and melodies, which are really fascinating, even for hard-core kora fans or kora players. In all pieces you can hear only one kora, there is no double-tracking, but sometimes you may wonder if this is really true. This is due to the fact that the kora has two rows of strings and played with the thumbs and forefingers it is possible to create interwoven patterns. Albert deliberately chose for a solo kora album to reveal the beauty of the kora. The interaction with other instruments is an interesting challenge not to be missed, but can easily overshadow a delicate instrument like the kora with the result that the richness of the kora is missed out.

The beautiful graphic design forms an organic unity with the music and gives the album an extra dimension. Get ready for classical African music enriched with the personal touch of a passionate kora player from the Netherlands.

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